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Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States

By R. A. Heuberger, J. A. Garner, A. Corby, K. DeWitt, R. vander Sluis

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The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health improvements for both owners and pets. The authors completed this cross-sectional study in the rural MWUS with the objective of describing health-related characteristics of non-overweight/obese versus overweight/obese [NOO vs. OO] cat and dog owners and their pets. The primary aim was to detect differences that could inform health recommendations. For both cat and dog owners, dietary and lifestyle profiles differed between those who were non-overweight/obese and those who were overweight/obese. NOO dog owners trended toward fewer health problems, took fewer medications ( p

Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages 219-230
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Author Address Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University, 106A Wightman Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859,
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Animals
  4. Anthrozoology
  5. APEC countries
  6. Areas
  7. Canidae
  8. Canine
  9. Carnivores
  10. Cats
  11. Characteristics
  12. Developed countries
  13. Diets
  14. Dogs
  15. Education
  16. Epidemiology
  17. Exercise
  18. Extension
  19. Foods
  20. Food science
  21. Guidelines
  22. Health
  23. Health services
  24. Humans
  25. Illnesses
  26. Lifestyle
  27. Mammals
  28. Marketing
  29. Men
  30. North America
  31. obesity
  32. OECD countries
  33. pet care
  34. Pets and companion animals
  35. Primates
  36. rural areas
  37. services
  38. Social psychology and social anthropology
  39. training
  40. United States of America
  41. vertebrates
  42. Veterinary sciences
  43. Zoology